Our district is becoming renowned for walking, cycling and horse riding. Work is underway to improve our walking, cycling and horse riding facilities and better connect our communities.
Our network of cycleways, walkways and bridleways (CWB) has been reviewed to improve the way we get around Kāpiti. We have looked at how we can improve our roads and footpaths to better meet our future needs.
In 2015 Council approved funding to make improvements to our CWB network over the next four years.
Using data from the ‘Getting around Kāpiti’ survey we've come up with a list of 45 different projects to put into the CWB network plan. Each project has an emphasis on improving recreational loops and links to existing cycleways, walkways and bridleways to the town centres.
The Mackays to Peka Peka Cycleway, Walkway and Bridleway is a fantastic addition to the Kāpiti Coast. We now have a quality off-road cycleway between Poplar Avenue and Peka Peka that connects with the Te Awa o Whareroa cycleway in Queen Elizabeth Park. These two cycleways form the backbone of our off-road cycleway network.
Stride ‘n’ Ride Kāpiti Coast is our initiative that will make it easier to walk and cycle around our district. Overall it will deliver a $5 million package of shared path improvements between Paekākāriki and Waikanae and will enhance connections to and from our town centres and the Mackays to Peka Peka Cycleway, Walkway and Bridleway.
Shared path improvements have been delivered at Tilley Road in Paekākāriki, Poplar Avenue in Raumati South, Raumati Road in Raumati, Mazengarb Road and Kāpiti Road in Paraparaumu, Otaihanga Road in Otaihanga and at the intersection of Park Avenue and Te Moana Road in Waikanae.
This work was made possible by three-way investment from the Kāpiti Coast District Council, the Urban Cycleways Fund and the National Land Transport Fund, (both administered by the NZ Transport Agency).
Work to improve cycle connections on Poplar Avenue west of Leinster Avenue and between Matai Road and Glen Road is underway.
The improvements will provide a safe and consistent pathway for kids travelling to local schools or the Kāpiti Expressway Cycleway at Leinster Avenue, and will help promote walking and easy cycling along Poplar Avenue. It will also improve pedestrian and cycle safety and accessibility between the Raumati South shops and the Te Ara o Whareroa Cycleway in Queen Elizabeth Park.
To further improve pedestrian and cycle safety and accessibility between Park Avenue and the Te Moana interchange we plan to upgrade the footpath between 153 and 203 Te Moana Road to a 2.5 metre shared path. This will allow pedestrians, cyclists and people on mobility scooters to comfortably pass each other without having to move onto the grass.
Upgrading the footpath will require us to remove the two overhead service poles and undergrounding services outside 199 and 203 Te Moana Road. We will also need to remove four exotic trees in the section between 153 and 203 Te Moana Road to create room for the shared path. The four trees that we remove will be replaced the following winter with similar species planted at suitable locations.
If you have any concerns about the above please contact Stu Kilmister, Cycleways Walkways and Bridleways Programme Manager on 04 2964-631 or email Stridenride@kapiticoast.govt.nz by 5pm, Friday 6 October 2017.
Contact: Programme Manager CWB
Phone: 04 296 4700